By Jason Bauserman
October was capped off with a rare and vicious snowstorm. But when temperatures and precipitation were added up, the month was close to normal.
Snowfall from remnants of Hurricane Sandy on the last two days of the month really varied.
The Bartow Weather Station recorded 10 inches of wind-blown snow. October snowfall averages less than one inch, and half the time October produces no measurable snow at all.
The average high temperature was 58.7 degrees and the average low temperature was 36.7 degrees. The mean of 47.7 degrees was one half degree below average. This is the third consecutive month with below average temperatures. It has been more than three years since this occurred.
October is the driest month of the year. In fact it is the only month that does not average three inches of precipitation. It usually averages 2.93 inches and there were 2.71 inches recorded this month.
Year-to-date precipitation is now 36.51 inches.
The highest temperature was 76 degrees on October 25. The lowest temperature of 26 degrees was recorded October 30 during the snowstorm.
Marlinton Water Plant
by Dale McKenney
High temperature 75º on October 26; average high temperature 60.5º. Low temperature 26º on October 16; average low temperature 35º. Rainfall amount, 1.92 inches. Snowfall amount, one inch. Rain days, 10; clear days, 16; and cloudy/mix days, five
High temperature 73º; average temperature 58.5º. Low temperature 23º; average temperature 35.1º. Rainfall amount, 2.81 inches. Snowfall amount, two inches.
by Earl J. Burks
Total rainfall amount for the month of October on Stamping Creek was 2.6 inches.
Total rainfall amount so far for the year 2012 is 44.9 inches.
Total snowfall amount for the 2012 – 2013 season is six inches.